National Affairs: Prodigious Progenitors

John Tyler, tenth President of the U. S., was born in Charles City County, Va. in 1790. His son Lyon Gardiner Tyler died in Charles City County, Va. last week.

During his Presidential term (1841-45) sturdy, self-willed John Tyler lost his first wife and, at 54, married 22-year-old Julia Gardiner, a Roman Catholic. To this union, when John Tyler was 63, was born Lyon Gardiner Tyler. Another son was born four years later.

Lyon Gardiner Tyler grew up to be a historian, genealogist and president of Virginia's College of William & Mary from 1888 to 1919. His first wife died in 1921 and...

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